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Belgrade Media Report 15 April 2021

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Daily Media Highlights

Thursday 15 April 2021


Vucic: We expect Putin’s visit by year’s end (Tanjug/RTS/RTV)
Serbia firmly committed to strengthening strategic partnership with Russia (Tanjug/RIA)
Selakovic: UN SC session important for presenting stance on Kosovo (TV Pink/Beta/Politika)
Brnabic: Gratitude to Iran for support to Serbia and current principled position on unilaterally declared independence of Kosovo; Serbia committed to strengthening bilateral relations with Iran (Tanjug)
Selakovic not officially informed about existence of Jansa’s alleged document on continuation of dissolution of Yugoslavia (Novosti)
Krivokapic: There will be no “Montenegrin spring” but a tourist summer, this government will last (RTS)
Dacic: EP to hold online consultations with all Serbian parliamentary and non-parliamentary parties between 19 and 22 April (RTV/Beta)
Lajcak with Reeker on activities in WB (Beta)


Bosnia & Herzegovina

Alleged non-paper on WB leaks out: Merging of RS and Serbia, Kosovo and Albania (N1/ necenzurirano.si)
B&H politicians divided over alleged Slovenian non-paper on Western Balkans (N1)
Logar denies allegations on non-paper that Jansa allegedly submitted; MEP Fajon and Jansa resume with mutual accusations regarding this issue (Nova BH)
Nemec: Slovenian authorities never discussed reshaping of borders in Balkans; Analysts Petrovic and Zupljanin comment allegations on Jansa’s non-paper (Glas Srpske)
Ljubic: Greater-Bosniak strategy advocates unitary B&H, Serbs need to get involved in process of changes of B&H Election Law; peaceful dissolution of B&H is not possible (Nezavisne)
Vulic: Part of international community, illegally appointed CEC members and RS opposition planning amendments to Election Law aimed to bring opposition parties back to ruling authorities (ATV)
RS Collegium to discuss awards given to sentenced war criminals (BN TV)
Deadline for revoking of awards for war criminals expires in May; RS official indicate that revoking is possible (N1)
Mayor of Istocno Sarajevo Cosic: If Sarajevo officials ignore request for removal of plaques, B&H CC will give answer (RTRS)

Grlic Radman says Croatia will continue to support B&H on its EU path (HRT)

DF admits it needs international assistance to reconcile quarreling government members (CdM)
DF asks from Joanikije to reconcile Krivokapic and Leposavic in a Christian way (Pobjeda)
Abazovic interested in PM position? (CdM)
Republic of North Macedonia

Xhaferi calls for a meeting to resume legislative work in the parliament (Republika)
EU member states decided not to discuss Balkan enlargement at the coming European Council (MIA)

Kim a message to SPAK: What’s lacking is courage (Tirana Times)
Albanian Helsinki Committee: Electoral subjects should respect the right to privacy and secrecy of the ballot (Tirana Times)
Rama: We managed to vaccinate while the EU left us without vaccines (Tirana Times)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 15, 2021

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UNMIK Media Observer, Afternoon Edition, April 15, 2021

Albanian Language Media:

• COVID-19: 599 new cases, 17 deaths (media)
• Kosovo ministries discuss anti-Covid measures with Kosovo mayors (media)
• Petrit Ajeti appointed head of Kosovo Intelligence Agency (media)
• Kosovo leaders meet representatives of missing persons (media)
• KDI calls on Kosovo leaders to prepare for dialogue with Serbia (media)
• Fight of organised crime and corruption, domestic violence priorities of Justice Ministry (media)
• Ministry of Infrastructure cancels tender worth €44 million (media)

Serbian Language Media:

• Covid-19 in Serbian communities: 13 newly infected (Kontakt plus radio)
• Thus far, 15.000 citizens from Serbian areas in Kosovo inoculated (Kosovo-online)
• EU on the Western Balkans on May 10th (RTS)
• Vucic: We expect Putin in Serbia by end of year, I will go to Brussels soon (Kosovo-online)
• Simic: One violence gives birth to another, Serbs unprotected in Kosovo (RTS)
• Sava Janjic bothers both Belgrade and Pristina (Danas)
• Rakic met Kosnett, and pointed out problem of frequent attacks against Serbs in Kosovo (Kosovo-online)
• Protest due to the beating of the young man, demand for the resignation of the police commander (KiM radio)
• Spahiu: Gervalla’s appearance at UNSC session complete collapse of the new Kosovo government (Kosovo Online)
• Alleged non-paper on WB leaked: Merging of RS and Serbia, Kosovo and Albania (N1)
• Kharchenko: Russia ready for new aspects in resolving the Kosovo issue, if Serbia wishes so (Kosovo Online, Sputnik)


• The arrival of vaccines doesn’t mean the pandemic is over (Kosovo 2.0)


• Palestinians Demand Cutting Ties with Kosovo (english.aawsat.com)


• Greece to lift quarantine for visitors from Serbia (B92)

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UNMIK Media Observer, Morning Edition, April 15, 2021

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• COVID-19: 715 new cases, 14 deaths (media)
• Kosovo new president says Serbia must answer for ‘genocide’ (The Irish Times)
• Kosovo implies reciprocity with every state (Radio Free Europe)
• Haxhiu: Misused funds must be confiscated, they belong to the people (media)
• EU: Dialogue, Kosovo’s most important foreign policy priority (media)
• Kurti replies to Court on request of Serb MPs (media)
• Kurti government reviewing decisions of Hoti government (Koha Ditore)
• Bogujevci: We’ll push forward draft law on domestic violence (media)
• Collaku: Internationals will strongly impose dialogue on Kurti (media)
• “Either we accept Association, or we have to talk about land swap” (media)

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